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ESC Strategic Plan 2023 - 2028

Strategic guidance for success in a changing environment


The Strategic Plan 2023–2028 is a strong expression of the ESC´s commitment to cardiovascular medicine and its dedication to people: dedication to patients with heart and vascular disease and to the healthcare professionals who provide their care, and the volunteers.

This document is an informative, but also a practical tool, that we hope anyone working in the cardiovascular field can use to navigate the next five years in their own work environments. 


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Six Strategic Aims

The ESC’s fundamental targets and direction for all ESC activities


A Welcoming Society with Fair and Transparent Governance

Nurture inclusivity, diversity and clear structures for collective decision-making

Trusted Knowledge Effectively Delivered

Provision of robust and unbiased validated information in creative formats via communication channels adapted to the needs and preferences of a global audience

A Membership Experience Rich in Rewards and Benefits

Continue to build a strong community with valued year-round membership benefits for cardiovascular healthcare professionals in ESC National Cardiac Societies and across the world

A Focus on Person-Centred Healthcare

Emphasise the patient perspective in research, training and education, as well as guidelines and scientific documents

High Quality Data and Research

Support of collaborative research and active contributions to high quality data collection

Environmental Sustainability

Mindfulness of the environmental footprint and active pursuit of environmental sustainability across all ESC activities


 Six Future Scenarios

Future developments and trends that will influence the organisation and the environment in which it operates

Demographic Changes
Demographic Changes

Ageing of the population and increased multimorbidity

The Future of Cardiology
The Future of Cardiology

Precision medicine through increasingly refined diagnostic and therapeutic options

The Cardiologist of the Future
The Cardiologist of the Future

Subspecialisation shapes the professional landscape in cardiovascular medicine

Digital Health
Digital Health

Digital tools, artificial intelligence and big data analytics play a prominent role in medicine and research

Emphasis on the Patient Perspective
Emphasis on the Patient Perspective

The patient at the heart of all that we do

Societal Changes
Societal Changes

Evolving priorities and values include climate change and environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusivity, but also ethical conduct and freedom from bias and undue influence


Strategic Plan - Resources

Should you wish to present the ESC Strategic Plan, feel free to take advantage of our ready-made slidesets below.